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[WEEKEND-SJOV] The Use of Computers in Movies



Word processors never display a cursor.

You never have to use the space-bar when typing long sentences.

High-tech computers, such as those used by NASA, the CIA, or some 
such governmental institution, will have easy to understand graphical 
interfaces. Those that don't, have incredibly powerful text-based 
command shells that can correctly understand and execute commands 
typed in plain English.

Corollary: you can gain access to any information you want by simply 
typing "ACCESS ALL OF THE SECRET FILES" on any keyboard.

Likewise, you can infect a computer with a destructive virus by 
simply typing "UPLOAD VIRUS" (see Fortress).

All computers are connected. You can access the information on the 
villain's desktop computer, even if it's turned off.

Powerful computers beep whenever you press a key or whenever the screen 
changes. Some computers also slow down the output on the screen so that 
it doesn't go faster than you can read.

The really advanced ones also emulate the sound of a dot-matrix printer. 
(See The Hunt For Red October or Alien)

All computer panels have thousands of volts and flash pots just underneath 
the surface. Malfunctions are indicated by a bright flash, a puff of smoke, 
a shower of sparks, and an explosion that forces you backwards.

Corollary: sending data to a modem/tape drive/printer faster than 
expected causes it to explode.

People typing away on a computer will turn it off without saving the data. 
(See the opening credits for The Hunt For Red October)

A hacker can get into the most sensitive computer in the world before 
intermission and guess the secret password in two tries.

Any PERMISSION DENIED has an OVERRIDE function 
(see Demolition Man and countless others).

Complex calculations and loading of huge amounts of data will be 
accomplished in under three seconds. Movie modems usually appear 
to transmit data at the speed of two gigabytes per second.

When the power plant/missile-site/whatever overheats, all the control 
panels will explode, as will the entire building.

If a disk has got encrypted files, you are automatically asked for a 
password when you try to access it.

No matter what kind of computer disk it is, it'll be readable by any 
system you put it into. All application software is usable by all 
computer platforms.

The more high-tech the equipment, the more buttons it has (Aliens). 
However, everyone must have been highly trained, because none of the 
buttons are labelled.

Most computers, no matter how small, have reality-defying three-
dimensional, active animation, photo-realistic graphics capability.

Laptops, for some strange reason, always seem to have amazing real-time 
video phone capabilities and the performance of a CRAY Supercomputer.

Whenever a character looks at a VDU, the image is so bright that it 
projects itself onto his/her face (see Alien, 2001, Jurassic Park).

Either a Jacob's Ladder or a Van Der Graaf Generator is absolutely 
necessary for the operation of new, experimental computers (especially 
when built by brilliant scientists), although in real life, these 
devices do absolutely nothing.

One can issue any complex set of commands in a few keystokes 
(Star Trek).

The internet connects to everything in the movies. You can edit credit 
records, search hotel registries, lookup police criminal files, search 
(and edit) drivers license databases, edit social security files and more 
just using the internet! (see The Net)


 
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